If you've been following the news in Western Australia lately, you'd know that the Premier has instructed all state government departments to slice bits off their budgets. Quite large bits.
So, the department heads, who, of course have no choice, have been diligently poring over columns of figures and scratching their heads and making suggestions.
Some of said suggestions have ended up in the news, and most have been rejected by their ministers.
Which leads one to think that, despite what the Premier seems to think, these departments are operating on financial wafer edges.
So, one has to feel particularly sorry for Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, who will have some Department of Treasury and Finance shiny bums foisted upon him to find acceptable cuts.
Prudence dreads to think what they'll earmark for axing.